It can be difficult doing business with the French, it requires more than just the knowledge of the language. Although they are a channel away, we thought we should highlight some key similarities that will allow you to connect deeper on a cultural level and create more successful business.
1. Business Dress-code:
A solid business dress code remains key between the two countries, with the option of smart casual dressing for smaller meetings in the UK, the industry standard is the suit for men and either a pant suit for ladies or a skirt with an elegant blouse. Dress well for your next business occasion.
2. Body Language:
Body language is a vital: helping to show confidence, attention, interest (or even disengagement). Facial cues, eye-contact, responsive gestures (the odd head nod) all play a part in the conversation for Brits and the French.
3. Working Effort:
Employees from both countries claimed they would be willing to work overtime if necessary in order to meet the client’s needs. You can be confident to find a solid work ethic however you travel between both places
4. The exchange of business card:
During every business meeting, it is an opportunity for connection and contact for both the French and the British to exchange business cards. Not only does it help the other party to remember you but the way you initiate, execute or receive a card says a lot about the interest in the connection you have just made (So don’t be shy, take a look at it and place it somewhere significant in from of your partner or client).
These are some key similarities we are aware of as we engage with the French, can you think of anymore?